High iron?

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by Thermopkt, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. Thermopkt

    Thermopkt New Member

    We have an old well here on the property that we are getting up and running. The water is very high in iron. Currently I water my goats with house water. We have to haul our water so I was hoping to use the well water for the animals. Would water that is high in iron, and probably a lot of other minerals, hurt them? Would it just mean tweaking management to compensate? Or would be more of a crash and burn thing?
  2. BlueHeronFarm

    BlueHeronFarm New Member

    The iron makes it hard for them to absorb copper. You may have to bolus, but I would start by getting a good high-copper mineral.

    Our soil/water is very iron rich, too. In fact -- when we dig deeper than a couple inches we find iron oxide (? that may not be right - Iron oxide may be rust) pellets ...very weird.